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Licence for Marlay Park concerts granted subject to 53 conditions

An events licence for a series of concerts at Dublin’s Marlay Park next month has been granted, subject to 53 conditions. The application for an outdoor event licence was granted by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on May 29, before the …

Wed, Jul 25, 2012, 08:52


An events licence for a series of concerts at Dublin’s Marlay Park next month has been granted, subject to 53 conditions.

The application for an outdoor event licence was granted by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on May 29, before the incidents which occurred at the Swedish House Mafia show at the Phoenix Park.

The 22,000 capacity shows, which will be promoted by MCD Concerts, will feature such acts as David Guetta, Van Morrison and Kasabian.

Heading to Marlay Park: David Guetta (left) and Van Morrison

The conditions attached to the licence relate to issues raised by An Garda Síochána, South Dublin County Council, the Health Service Executive and Dublin Fire Brigade regarding the application and the concerts.

Conditions under the heading of the Garda Síochána refer to such issues as traffic management plans, car parking, alcohol sale, security, stewarding and the numbers of non-public duty gardai.

One of these conditions states that “sale of spirits inside the concert site to be restricted depending on audience profile and risk assessment to the satisfaction and ultimate determination of Chief Superintendent, Crumlin/local Garda Management”.

Another condition requires that the locations of alcohol sales within the concert grounds be “strictly controlled/monitored by stewards to the satisfaction of An Garda Síochána”.

In relation to the provision of non-public duty gardai to police the concerts, one of the conditions attached to the licence notes that “the numbers employed on non-public duty will vary depending on the audience size, profile, risk assessment and the artist performing.” It further states that “all associated costs” must be covered by the promoter.

The licence also includes a condition which addresses the issue of security personnel working at the shows. “Full list of security personnel (including the duties assigned to each and details of any vehicles used) to be provided to Superintendent Tallaght not less than 14 days prior to each concert.”

In a letter sent to the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council planning department on March 22 regarding the application, Chief Superintendent Michael O’Sullivan refered to the fact that no artist details had been supplied with the application.

“An Garda Síochána wish to reserve the right to review its requirements of the Concert Promoter and to make stipulations in relation to the sale of spirits at the bar concessions when the artist for each event is confirmed and the associated audience age profile and demographic is known.

“This is necessary as the demographic of the audience, social strata, gender mix, average age etc will vary greatly depending on the Artists with concomitant implications for provison of police services.”

The Chief Superintendent added in his letter that he had “no objection to the holding of the concert in principle” subject to a number of requirements being made of the promoter.

The original application for the event licence submitted by event controller, Louis Harte of Diffusion Events on February 16 on behalf of MCD Concerts, contains a copy of the briefing which all stewards are to receive prior to the concerts.

One of the instructions for stewards working at the entrance and exit gates states that stewards “do not allow patrons in possession of alcohol or any offensive weapons or those who have consumed excessive alcohol, to enter the site”.

A similar instruction to stewards formed part of the event management plan lodged by MCD Concerts with Dublin City Council for the Phoenix Park shows.

While the original Marlay Park license application was for nine shows between June and August, this was revised by the promoters on May 1 and a licence sought for four specified dates in August.

Kasabian and Noel Gallagher will play the venue on August 23, with David Guetta playing on August 24 and Van Morrison appearing in the south county Dublin park on August 25.

The licence also allows for a concert on August 21, but no artist has yet been confirmed by the promoters for this date.

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